Iker Casillas' embarrassing mistake against Slovakia confirmed what everybody already knew: It was time to step aside.
The once reliable Spaniard had become a liability for his country, and it was now impossible to hold back in-form stopper David de Gea.
The goalkeeper was handed an overdue start by Vicente del Bosque on Sunday night in a straightforward Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg.
He kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 away win, only having to face two shots on target from the minnows.
The 23-year-old showed immediately after the game that he was switching his focus straight back to club side Manchester United, and would waste no time coming back to his home.
His show of commitment, at a time when he would not be blamed for failing to mention his club at all, illustrates how excited he is about the team in Manchester right now.
The Mirror reported over the weekend that Real Madrid are lining up a £25 million transfer bid for him, yet he seems to be loving life at Old Trafford.
He produced an amazing performance against Everton a week ago, showing just how important he is to the success of Louis van Gaal's team, and suggestions he could leave are purely speculative.